BBC iPlayer opens up archive for box set and classic TV binge


The BBC has announced it will be offering a selection of box sets and classic programming on the iPlayer from 16th December 2017.

The move comes ten years after the popular catch-up service service went live to the general public and includes a chance for viewers to access drama, factual, comedy and specials from the BBC archives - including every Doctor Who regeneration episode since 2005.

Box sets joining the iPlayer from mid-December include the first three series of Peaky Blinders, joining the new series, which is currently being shown on BBC Two. Other drama box sets include hit series Taboo, starring Tom Hardy; Golden Globe-winning Thomas Cromwell drama Wolf Hall, starring Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis; all four series of acclaimed crime-thriller Line Of Duty and both series of Sally Wainwright’s Bafta-winning Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire.

Sherlock fans will also be able to access series three and four as well as 2016’s special, The Abominable Bride available on BBC iPlayer.

Ryan Murphy's brand-new eight-part series, Feud: Bette And Joan about the legendary rivalry between Hollywood icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford will be available as a box set.

The full original series of The Blue Planet, first broadcast in 2001. Other landmark series being made available for Christmas will include 2006’s Planet Earth and last year’s smash hit Planet Earth II, as well as 2011’s Frozen Planet.

In the comedy genre, the entire series of Miranda and Inside Number 9 will be available on BBC iPlayer alongside classic episodes of BBC Three shows Gavin & Stacey, Bad Education, Josh and Murder In Successville.

There will also be more content for families, with the return of David Walliams films Gangsta Granny, The Boy In The Dress, Billionaire Boy and Mr Stink, and Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler films Room On The Broom, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Stick Man.

Five EastEnders Christmas specials will also feature: including Den and Angie’s divorce papers episode in 1986 and Tiffany’s death in 1998 - will help viewers relive Christmas on Albert Square from years gone by.

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at the BBC, says:
“There is no need to go anywhere else this Christmas because we have an even richer offer across the BBC than ever before. We are always home to the very best British programmes during the festive season but with so much content to fit in, it’s fantastic to give audiences a special gift on iPlayer to complement our schedules; with boxsets of some of this year’s biggest shows and a selection of more recent hits to binge on with family and friends together this Christmas."

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